Welcome to the second ‘Get Creative Challenge’ of the summer!

We got off to a flying start with last week’s ‘Mug Challenge’ and ‘Limerick Challenge’. We enjoyed seeing your brilliant entries, including this lovely picture by Peter, aged 8, who likes steaming hot chocolate in his mug, whilst playing in his den!


The ‘Get Creative Challenge’ is part of our summer festival, four weeks of online activity programmed to help everyone stay engaged, inspired and connected during this period of physical distancing. The four weeks will culminate in a virtual tea party, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

This will be a live event with games and activities for individuals, friends, families and households to take part in. We’ll also be picking our prize draw winner live at the event. Each entry into the Creative Challenge gets you one entry into the prize draw to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the brand new Octagon theatre once we have opened!

You can book your place for the Wonderland tea party here.

The Challenge

Just like last week, we’re giving you two challenges to choose from (or you can do both if you like!)

Challenge One – My Favourite time of Day

“And ever since that,” the Hatter went on in a mournful tone, “Time won’t do a thing I ask! It’s always six o’clock now.”

A bright idea came into Alice’s head. “Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?” she asked.

“Yes, that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.”

In ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Alice meets the Mad Hatter, who is stuck in tea-time, all the time!

We’d like you to think about a time of day you like to savour and take a picture that shows that time of day. If you’re an early bird, it might be a picture of the sky with the sun coming up, or your first cup of coffee of the day. Or you might enjoy walking your dog in the afternoon, or sitting down with a glass of wine in the evening. You might enjoy being read a book at bedtime, or playing with Lego when you get up. You can take a picture, or you can draw one.

For instance

My favourite time of day is getting outside for a nice long walk!

Challenge Two - The Jabberwocky and other strange creatures

Alice meets many strange creatures in her adventures in both ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon in ‘Alice in Wonderland’, pictured here in John Tenniel’s fantastic drawings.


In ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’, Alice reads a poem about a strange monster, the ‘Jabberwocky’ a creature with ‘jaws that bite’ and ‘eyes of flame’.

We’d like you to create your own strange creature that you might find in Wonderland, and give in a name. It can be scary or cute, fierce or friendly!

Remember to share your challenges on social media (@octagontheatre) and use the hashtag #GetCreative, or email your ideas to participation@octagonbolton.co.uk.

We can’t wait to see your ideas!